THE KAREN ANAND STORY 2017-05-17T09:21:16+00:00

KAREN ANAND has been described as “something of a food guru, influencing the way people eat and perceive good food” in India.  In addition to writing extensively on the subject of food and wine for 30 years, Karen Anand has also set up a factory producing gourmet food products under her own brand, run a successful chain of food stores, had a niche catering business, anchored top rated TV shows, started a Gourmet Academy and has consulted for multinationals, International hotel and restaurant chains and F&B brands entering the Indian market.  She works internationally and has contributed to restaurant projects in the UK, in particular the hugely successful Bombay café in London, ‘Dishoom’. Karen has worked with Team Work Arts for their festival India by the Bay in Hong Kong in January 2016.   (See Link).

In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Food & Spirit Award (Trophée de l’Esprit Alimentaire) for Culture from the French Government. She is the founder of the hugely successful Markets by Karen Anand, a wholefoods food and drink fair, which is now in 8 Indian cities. Relentless, she has returned to her first love, food and travel writing, a passion which takes her around the world, where she reports and reflects with depth, complexity and generosity… and with great style.

Books by Karen Anand

  1. The Penguin Food Lover’s Guide to India and Nepal
  2. International Cooking
  3. Good Food Good Living
  4. Less Is More
  5. Lean Cuisine Curries
  6. Simple Cooking for Smart Men
  7. Healthy Food for Super Kids

Simple Cooking Series

  • Simple Cooking for Students
  • Simple Cooking for Veg Gourmets
  • Simple Cooking for the Sweet Tooth
  • Simple Cooking for Desperate Housewives
  • Simple Cooking For Smart Kids
  • Simple Cooking to Stay Fit
  • Simple Cooking with Soups, Salads and Starters
  • Simple Cooking for the Single Person
  • Simple Cooking for the Modern Man
  • Simple Cooking for the Globetrotter
  • Simple Cooking in 20 Minutes
  • Simple Cooking from Grandmas Kitchens

Consultancies / Clients

Karen Anand has been sought after as a Food Consultant, advising Multinationals and large Indian food companies on the development of new products, menus and recipes for the Indian market.

Companies she has worked with are Marico, Jet Airways, Domino’s Pizza, Olive Tree, Hindustan Lever, ITC Foods, Philips, Foster’s, Veneta Cucine, Kelloggs, Pepsico, Britannia and Carlsberg. She has also helped set up the experience centre in Delhi for the luxury German appliance company Miele.

She has worked extensively with hotels, consulting on menu planning, organising wine dinners and promotions, developing new recipes and training staff. She has worked with Old World Hospitality (India Habitat Centre), Delhi, Hyatt, Hilton, ITC Hotels, The Park and Khyber, Bombay.

Restaurant consultancies include, Citrus, Chennai, which was voted one of Chennai’s “Top 5 Dining out places”; ‘Merlot’ in Pune, a signature menu for ‘Fine Dine’ Mumbai, the award winning restaurant, ‘Afraa’, a contemporary fine dining restaurant in Kolkata and ‘Pesto Pesto, an Italian style bar/café in Pune. She was the Food Consultant, and worked on the concept research and menus for the highly successful restaurant, Dishoom, a Bombay style café in Leicester Square, London.  Karen has also developed recipes for Aaharam at Svatma Thanjavur (Tanjore), Tamil Nadu, a highly sought after travel destination in South India.

Karen did the Indian recipes for Suhana, a range of Indian spices in the UK which won the Great Tasting Award UK 2010..

She has conducted Master classes at the luxury award winning Spa and Health Resort, Ananda in the Himalayas, where she focused on her core strength, “light Asian food” where she looks at both traditional recipes as well as her own creations around spice.

TV Shows

She anchored the first food and travel TV show in India, the Good Food Guide in 1996 – 52 episodes for Star TV.  She continued her career in TV with Cook na Kaho (don’t call me a cook’) See Link, where she taught young celeb men how to cook.  She also did a brief stint reviewing restaurants for Trendmill on CNBC.  Each series was accompanied by a book – International Cooking and Simple Cooking for Smart Men. 

She also came out with a CD rom with a compilation of easy recipes called Creative Cooking for the City Couple by Times Multimedia. See Link 1 See Link 2


Karen has written thousands of articles for Print and Web and it simply isn’t practical to showcase them all on this site. Here are some of her latest articles.

A Big Apple Bites

A SLICE OF ITALY In addition to a vast number of plain old American luncheonettes, bars and steak houses that still serve old-fashioned American' food, all five

Diamond in the Kitchen

Whether you are truffle hunting in Tuscany or Western Australia, arm yourself with patience and an appetite I am a truffle addict. I am not apologetic about

Taste of Tuscany – Food

Truffles are undoubtedly becoming the ‘in’ food for 2017.  That’s my prediction. Fans are developing everywhere but especially in Calcutta, which seems to have more devoted foodies